Action Alert: Tell Your Representative and Speaker DeLeo to Support Transgender Rights!

MassEquality Action Alert


It's time to protect ALL citizens in Massachusetts in public accommodations!

Imagine stopping for lunch at a cafe and being refused service due to your gender identity or expression. Or being refused entry in to a hospital, a dentists' office or a subway train. THIS MUST END NOW!

MassEquality is a proud partner of the Freedom Massachusetts coalition, the bipartisan campaign working to update the Bay State’s non-discrimination laws to fully protect our transgender friends, family and neighbors.

We have learned that in the next few days, Speaker Robert DeLeo is holding discussions with members of the House to determine support for this critical civil rights legislation.

That means in the coming days, YOUR representative will be asked whether they support updating our state’s public accommodation law to prohibit gender identity discrimination—and their answer will determine whether or not Speaker DeLeo calls this critical civil rights bill to a vote this year.

Today, we’re asking you to join us in taking action on this important issue by rushing a message to Speaker DeLeo and your Representative and urge them to support this bill, SB 735/HB 1577.

This bill isn’t complicated; it simply brings the prohibitions on gender identity discrimination in line with the rest of Massachusetts’ nondiscrimination laws. And that’s not only the fair thing to do—to protect all people from discrimination—it’s also a change backed by a growing coalition of more than 300 businesses, including every professional sports team in New England.  

Right now this important legislation is stalled, and MassEquality is asking for your help. The grassroots energy generated in the next few days will determine whether transgender Bay Staters will continue to be denied explicit protections from discrimination in places like restaurants, hotels and medical offices.

We’re proud to stand with Freedom Massachusetts in this fight, and we hope you’ll get involved, too.

Click here to contact Speaker DeLeo and your representative before it’s too late. Send a message now telling your Representative that you—and a majority of Bay Staters—want them to advance legislation fully protecting transgender people this year.

Thank you for standing up against discrimination with us.

MassEquality Executive Director Deborah Shields, JD, MPH at the State HouseSincerely,

Deborah Shields JD,MPH
Executive Director


P.S. It’s very easy to email your lawmakers – you should do it right now – and tell them you support this bill. Click any of the links above to take action today!